Sunday, April 21, 2024

As Predicted: MGM Moves James Bond “No Time to Die” to October, Will “Respect” Get Any Now?


As I told you last week, MGM is on the move again.

They’ve pulled “No Time to Die” from April and sent it to October 2020. Maybe.

This is the third or fourth time the James Bond film has seen its premiere switched. They started in April 2020, went to November 2020, then to April 2021. Now it’s October 2021.

By the time the movie opens its theme song, recorded by Billie Eilish, will have moved to oldies status on the radio. It was released in February 2020.

MGM is for sale and lacking funds to promote their films. They moved the Aretha Franklin film “Respect” to August so it would benefit from Bond proceeds. Now will MGM move “Respect” to November or December and say it’s for Oscars? I wouldn’t be surprised.

And will “No Time to Die” really open in October, or will this be the first of new announcements until it opens Christmas Day 2021? If the vaccines don’t get going, James Bond will be mixing holiday martinis!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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